Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Notes from the Lecia Lecture

Here's some notes that stood out for me in the lecture today about Lecia reels. Present were Kevin Parry, Martin Sokol and Randaloph Lizardo.

About the lecias:
"Leave room for revision"
"The reel is the backbone"
"People can always add things."
"I had at least 20 copies of my lecia reel."
"See the progression of the film."
Kevin said he had his reel done in August.

Martin mused about the moral implications of a hen that can't lay egg which led to Chris discussing the importance of subtext to the film. Kevin suggested he keep the subtext purposely ambiguous so everybody could get something different from it.

"We through out PILES of boards"
"I would have done more of a pre-production package." Martin

"Always be ahead of the milestone." Randolph
"Get cracking'" Martin
"With no dialogue, it is important to concentrate on the timing and the visual structure."
"You see it evolve" again the progression.
"You'll feel good when you see your finished film."
"One head of a studio refuses to look at unfinished films"
"Have a schedule"
Do your film that "will satisfy the industry."
"the industry (I think he means the market for animation) kinda sucks these days."


  1. So do a film that sucks then? :-P

  2. The key phrase -and relative term-is "these days." This recent graduate, who's working at the uber cool House of Cool, understands the place of animation in the market "these days." They do lots of boarding-both animation and live action- and design. Not a lot of animation.

    It's alright to pursue one's desire to do hand drawn animation. But there is no commercial market for that "these days." My bet is it won't come back. Others disagree.

    That's not to say the project you produce should suck. (Another relative term.) It should show one's understanding of storytelling and animation principals to demonstrate flexibility to find employment in the constantly evolving business.

    One's project should NOT suck if you're looking to find work. It should-has to be-finished, to the best of your ability and be used to get a first job. Beyond that, too much is chance.